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Dylan Schnese

Dylan Schnese

“The most rewarding part of UWFox was that I was able to operate outside of my comfort zone, especially with my work as president of the chemistry club.”

Age: 19

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Current residence: Appleton, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2010 - Spring 2012

Background before UWFox

I graduated from Appleton East High School in the spring of 2010. During my junior and senior years in high school, I worked at Mary’s restaurant as a dishwasher and kitchen help. I participated in my Boy Scout troop’s trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area four times, went to New Jersey seven times for vacation, and to Washington state once.

When I was a senior year in high school, I got a the highest score, “5,” on my advanced placement chemistry test, and earned third place in the local section of the National Chemistry Olympiad for northeast Wisconsin. I’ve been a competitive power-lifter since I was a freshman in high school and during my senior year I placed third in my 198 lb. weight class at the Wisconsin power-lifting state competition, and third at the national competition. I later placed first in the “open men’s teen division” at the Hudson (WI) Power Lifting Open.

Why did you choose UWFox?

The main reason I came to UWFox was to provide thrift in my higher educational institution decision. Both the lower tuition cost and the five minute drive from my house contributed to my decision. I also heard that UWFox provided rigorous classes in order to prepare me for my college experience when I transfer to UW-Steven’s Point. 

Have you chosen a major?

Chemistry

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

The most rewarding part of UWFox was that I was able to operate outside of my comfort zone, especially with my work as president of the chemistry club. I’m also a part of a research team with Dr. Martin Rudd (UWFox associate professor of chemistry and Campus Executive Officer) studying how reactions take place under microwave conditions.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I’d like to work in the private sector after college. I’ve not decided what I’d like to do for a career at this time. Once I get into classes that are more specific, I believe I’ll find something that intrigues me.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

I’m an Eagle Scout out of Troop 8 in Appleton. My Eagle Scout leadership project was to eradicate the invasive species, purple loosestrife. I’m president of the UWFox Chemistry Club. I enjoy classic rock music, American history, and cooking.

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